WESTFIELD, NJ - Two recent Westfield High School graduates have received gold medals in the National Latin exam for the past four years.

Kevin Oster and Alex Goldschmidt, achieved gold medals for the past four consecutive years. 

Goldschmidt attributed his success to his WHS teacher, James Rowan.

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“My teacher really prepared us well,” he said. “While we were reading, he would stop and talk to us about ancient Rome and give us that perspective.” 

Oster explained, “I really love language and relating Latin to the English language. It is really interesting, which is why I think I did well.” Goldschmidt will be attending Tufts University in Massachusetts and Oster is headed to Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

The philosophy of the National Latin Exam is predicated on providing every Latin student the opportunity to experience a sense of personal accomplishment and success in his study of the Latin language and culture. This opportunity exists for each individual student since, on the National Latin Exam, he is not competing with his fellow student on a comparative basis, but is evaluated solely on his own performance on the exam. The basic purposes of the NLE are to promote the study of Latin and to encourage the individual student.